City church to host annual Christkindlfest on Sat., Sun.
Christ Lutheran Church, Church and Green streets, Hazleton, will host its 19th annual Christkindlfest (Christ Child celebration) on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
The centerpiece of this festival is the sound and light Fontanini Nativity display.
The birthplace of Christ with its environs is recreated on an 8-foot-by-20-foot platform featuring more than 100 figures depicting the people, animals and buildings of period Bethlehem.
These finely crafted 5-inch to scale Fontanini figures, imported from Italy, authentically replicate the costumes and the landscapes of the time, bringing the story of Jesus’ birth to life.
Enhancing the stationary display is an inspiring program of lighting, music and narration. This 20- minute program tells the Christmas story from the Angel’ s annunciation to Mary, through the ar rival of the Three Wise Men. It is presented every half hour during the afternoon.
Another attraction at the festival is the Tannenbaum Tea Shop, served along with colonial Was sail( a hot punch) and an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and spreads.
This is the perfect place to take a break and enjoy the tastes of the season. While are relaxing with a hot drink, be entertained by a series of local musicians and artists performing on the center court stage.
This year’s slate of entertainers includes Sherri O’Donnell and All T hat Dancin’, Mark Billet, organist; Joe Bogwist, the Swing Masters Polka Band, and the Hazleton Area High School’s Academy of Arts and Humanities, all appearing on Saturday.
Sunday brings Bill Job and karaoke, Dan DeMelfi School of Music, the Hazleton Liberty Band, Sandra Hoppey and Lynn Antolick and Noreen Gregory.
The Tea Room Gift Shop will feature fine china tea pots, cups and saucers are for sale. There is also a variety of aprons, vintage Christmas ornaments, decorations and greeting cards.
The children will be delighted by a visit from St. Nicholas( Sinter klaus) dressed in an authentic costume from Holland.
Each child will receive a treat. Photos may be taken with the saint, so those
attending are welcome to bring their camera.
The Christmas Craft Shop will feature many handmade holiday crafts. A silent auction featuring many musical tricky trays will also be held. These two venues will give everyone a chance to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. A sale
of hand-made baked goods and candy will also be available.
Thousands of people have enjoyed the festival since its inception.
The Rev. Wayne Lupole, pastor of Christ Church, on behalf of the entire congregation, invites everyone to experience this Yuletide
Admission to the event and the nativity display are free. Parking is available on nearby municipal lots and on the lot adjacent to the church.
Visitors should use the 210 W. Green St. entrance, which is also ramped for handicap access.
Christ Lutheran Church, North Church and West Green streets, Hazleton, will host its 19th annual Christkindlfest (Christ Child Celebration) from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The event, which is free to the public, features a Tannenbaum tea shop, tricky trays, a bake sale and homemade candy, a Christmas craft shop and entertainment. Pictured at the Fontanini Nativity displaying more than 100 Fontanini figures imported from Italy, are from left: Dorothy Stamm, Theresa Fritz, Cathy Pino and the Rev. Wayne Lupole, pastor. Barry Jais was not present for the photo.